Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Movie Reviw: SUSIE'S HOPE distributed by Green Apple Entertainment

About the movie: Run time 105 minutes:  Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing neglect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna rescues the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.

Review: This video presentation is based on the true story of Donna Lawrence, survivor of a pit bull attack, and her adopted dog Susie, Susie, part pit bull, had been viciously abused by her previous owner and left for dead. Donna overcomes her fears to care for this beaten and burned puppy.

Donna’s own attack was the result of neglect and abuse, and Donna determined to fight to see a law pass in North Carolina which would seek stricter punishment for those found guilty of animal abuse. Because of the efforts of Donna Lawrence and others who were supportive of the legislation, the Susie’s Law was passed in North Carolina.

As far as the movie itself is concerned, while the true story of Susie was very interesting, the acting left something to be desired in my opinion.  In addition, there was one occasion when an expletive was used and another scene that involved drinking alcohol which makes me hesitant to fully endorse for family viewing.  The movie has not been rated, and in light of those scenes as well as showing the scene of the dog attack I believe this movie would probably receive a PG rating.  I did find the movie information interesting because it dealt with a true story that occurred in my own native North Carolina.  (reviewed by J.LaTour)

About Susie:  Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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